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2011 Annual Meeting

San Francisco, CA

Meeting Begins11/19/2011
Meeting Ends11/22/2011

Call for Papers Opens: 1/25/2011
Call for Papers Closes: 3/4/2011

Requirements for Participation

Social History of Formative Christianity and Judaism

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: This section welcomes all proposals engaging topics and methodologies in the social/cultural history of formative Christianity and Judaism. This year we seek proposals that focus on texts as material objects: At some point in the development of sacred texts, readers became aware of them as material entities. How did this awareness affect their adornment (calligraphy, illumination, ornamented covers)? How did this development influence ritual practices, and how did the ritual production of texts affect the reading habits of ancient scriptural traditions? How does thinking about the materiality of ancient texts (and attendant technologies) provide insight into the development of ritual practices and other embodied ideas of the sacred? This is a three way co-sponsored session with RWLA and Art and Religion in Antiquity; please submit paper proposals only once to any of the sponsoring units. Our section is also planning invited sessions on (1) Samaritans (2) sight and sound in early Jewish and Christian practice; and (3) a panel related to Seth Schwartz's Were the Jews a Mediterranean Society?

Program Unit Chairs

Cynthia M. Baker
Gil P. Klein

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